I think you guys have heard me prattle on enough about the sort of guilt my TBR places on my conscience. You know, because I actually do care about things like reading books sent for review like a year after theyíve been sent. So instead, I think Iíll start my review of Burn For Burn by the dynamic duo Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian by saying that I am so glad I finally picked it up. What prompted me to pick it up was a spectacular review that I had read by Elizabeth over at Gossamer Obsessions. She had some pretty great things to say about the book and she is someone who does not bullshit in her reviews so I was like oh my goodness I NEED TO READ THIS NOW. And by now, I mean in a few weeks when I get some time. Yíall, Burn For Burn was a freaking good book and I am an idiot for waiting so long to read it because I really enjoyed it.
Who does not like a good tale of revenge? Seriously, who? Okay, okay, I know some people are like the moral police and are all like boooo revenge is bad boooo. Whatever. I personally believe revenge is awesome and itís a dish thatís best served cold and sometimes people get whatís coming to them. Hah, I bet you all think I am crazy now, but hear me out. One of my favorite reads ever is this epic tale of vengeance, you might have heard of it Ė The Count Of Monte Cristo, yes? Well, Burn For Burn is about three teenage girls who are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore. Mary, Kat, and Lillia are senior girls who live on Jar Island. Each girl has had something quite horrific happen to her and karma needs a little help along the way. So, the three band together to carry out some pretty grand vengeance. AND IT IS AWESOME.
Mary, Lillia, and Kat come from different walks of life and different social circles. Mary has been living off the island for years and has decided to move back for her senior year because she wants closure from this guy named Reeve who made her life hell in the seventh grade. Yíall, youíll meet Reeve and agree that heís a total dick. Also, Mary is kind of weird, but when you find out what happened to her in the past youíll have some empathy for her, I think. Lillia is extremely wealthy, her dad is a research scientist for cancer, hence her family having gobs of money. Anyways, she is in the popular circle and an unlikely member of the group. Yet, when this guy Alex comes sniffing around her sister and might have taken advantage, Lillia is pissed. Like, SERIOUSLY pissed, so sheís ready to get him good. Kat used to be very close with Lillia and this other girl, Rennie. Until Rennie decides sheís too good for Kat. So, Rennie starts spreading vicious rumors about Kat. And so, Kat decides enough is enough.
Told in alternating first person point of view chapters, I thought that Burn For Burn was a pretty seamless book. I couldnít tell where Jenny Han ended and Siobhan Vivian began. The book just flows really well, and even though itís 354 pages, itís one that basically you look up from and go whoa, did I really just read 100 pages in 40 minutes? This essentially happened to me when I finished reading the book this morning (as of the date I am writing the review, when this posts, itíll be a few weekends ago). The alternating point of views really gave me the opportunity to understand the motivation of each girl and each girlís unique personality. I still canít tell you which is my favorite Ė probably Lillia. Anyways. The chapters are mad short and because the point of view is consistently shifting, I never felt that the book was dragging or slow or boring. To go along with that, I also never felt confused at what was going on. The chapters opened and closed at logical points instead of ridiculous, questionable points.
Look, revenge is awesome. Straight up. And if you are kind of vengeful like I am, I bet you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE Burn For Burn, because sometimes people do things that are really awful and things with the worst of intentions and they donít get any sort of karmic payback. This book let me vicariously see what would happen if those people did get payback. And now that I think about it, reading Burn For Burn makes me want to check out the big deal around that TV show, Revenge. Anyways, give Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Hanís Burn For Burn a chance because itís basically awesome.
Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher… in 2012, because I am the worst at reading things on time.
Other reviews of Burn For Burn by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han:
Gossamer Obsessions – “Part of what I love about†Burn for Burn†is how unexpectedly complex it is”
Alexa Reads Books – “managed to ensnare me with its addictive plot”
Rally The Readers – “compulsively readable”
Books by Jenny Han:
The Summer I Turned Pretty
Books by Siobhan Vivian: